Puppies are born under supervision in a safe, stimulating & clean environment. They are in a quiet and safe nursery with their mommy until 4 weeks of age. At 4 weeks of age they begin to explore, potty on their own and are introduced to puppy food. At 5 weeks of age they are introduced to a doggy door for them to go outside to do their business in a secured area. At 6 weeks of age they are socialized with people (I handle them from birth of course!) other animals, and get to play outside in the grass & sunshine! They are analyzed for both sound health & disposition making them the finest example of a Golden Retriever- best recognized as being "The family dog"
A deposit is required before welcoming you to our home as is in the best interest and safety of us as well as avoiding any impulse buys & kennel shopping- a sound decision is of the upmost importance. All details can be found on our website about us, our dogs and our litters to make a solid committment with confidence- we stand behind our word and each puppy for their lifetime (refrences available)!
We accept deposits once a litter is born, for a choosing order. A meet & greet for families that have placed a deposit to visit us and choose their pup is scheduled at/around 8 weeks of age-after their first puppy vaccination and when personalities have emerged. We arrange this with the families on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in a 2-3 hour timeframe, doing so lessens stress on the puppies & thier parents.
We look forward to meeting each family we have carefully chosen for our puppies, with the puppies health being top priority it is imperative to wait until the litter has had their wellness check and first puppy vaccination prior to welcoming people into our kennel. We strive for this be a joyous experience for the everyone!
Children are more than welcome when you visit your new furry family member- however other pets are not permitted as it is not the proper place for that introduction or in the best interest of the other puppies & dogs here.
There are many great food brands out there to choose from in a wide price range. Our puppies do not tend to have sensitive tummies and we often switch food brands ourselves, making selecting a brand suitable for your budget & location not an issue at all.
We start off with a puppy food with a small sized dry kibble to make it easier for the young pups to chew at 4 weeks of age, we then transition to a food for Large Breed puppies.
When food shopping be sure to determine what is your most important quality; price, purchase location, ingredients. Always read the label on the back of the bag to ensure you are getting what you pay for. A meat based food and/or grain free will be your best option for optimal health, but not crucial to development.
We feed 2x a day (morning & evening). A feeding chart will be on the back of your food of choice, each brand varies so be sure to check the bag to find the amount needed each day.
We also introduce puppies to probiotics and other nutritional supplements such as canned pumpkin to ensure they get off to the very best start in the first crucial weeks of development.
Info on dog food brands and their ingredients/quality can be found at www.dogfoodadvisor.com
*Puppy Essential Kit- we offer a kit to include all the basics for your puppy during his/her first few months. This includes an appropriate size collar & leash, food & water dish, specially formulated puppy shampoo, training treats, chew sticks, nylabone, measuring cup for food, rope & plush toy. Order here!
*Crate- Your puppy will need a space safe for them to be unsupervised until trained. Wire crates are a great choice, you will need a size medium (approx. 36" length). This size will fit your dog as an adult and most come with a divider to make it smaller while they are. Order here!
Other helpful options are a babygate to block them off in a smaller area of your home or an exercise pen! All are great options and completely your personal preference, I use a combination here with each litter and they are accustomed.
Those are the basics; with the above, love, time, attention & consistency to make your precious puppy shape into the wonderful dog they are destined to be!
We are located in Mechanicsburg, Ohio close to Dayton, Columbus & Cincinnati.
We welcome out of state adoptions, it is preferred the travel is made here to meet us in person. If not possible, we can arrange a trusted pet travel agency to deliver your puppy (at your cost) we do not ship puppies via airlines.
Our puppies have traveled to the many states listed below so far!
HD Goldens AKC Golden Retrievers
Our breeding program was established with professionalism and integrity to provide loving families with the perfect example of the Golden Retriever breed, outstanding in appearance, intelligence and demeanor.
We specialize in a variety of colors including English Crème, light gold, medium gold and red. All of our dogs have completed and passed thorough vet exams and are sound in health and genetics which they pass down to their beautiful and intelligent offspring.
Each puppy is raised in professional hands and well socialized giving them the best start to being the perfect family companion. Much time and dedication is put into each dog, litter and finally each puppy. Raising dogs is a lifestyle rather than a hobby here at HD Goldens, a solid breeding program requires multiple dogs with excellent genetics and demeanor, around the clock care and most importantly- the dedication to maintain the health and well being in each and every dog & puppy here.
We are state licensed & inspected to raise puppies as well as in good standing with the American Kennel Club (which also does a kennel inspection) and the Golden Retriever Club of America. These things are crucial for a reputable breeder to ensure breeding is done properly and in healthy conditions.